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It is with regret that the APS NSFG are postponing Industrial Insights 2020 and suspending registrations until a new date has been confirmed.

Industrial Insights 2020 was due to be held at AstraZeneca’s Macclesfield Campus between 31st March and 1st April but is now postpone.

A new date will be announced for 2021


As a pharmacy or pharmaceutical sciences student attending the event, you will be able to gain first hand insight into the Pharmaceutical Industry through a series of talks by pharmaceutical scientists working within the industry. The 2 day event will take place at one of the leading pharmaceutical companies in the UK, ASTRA ZENECA, in Macclesfield, Cheshire.

There will also be a tour of the product development lab facility at AZ.

This event has been very popular over the years attracting students from all over the UK.

Choosing the right career path…A done deal or still deciding?

Industrial Insights 2019 offers opportunities to network with experienced pharmaceutical scientists and an invaluable resource of having your CV reviewed by an industry professional. You will ten get a chance to network with the speakers and delegates over coffee and conference Dinner.

Feedback from previous conferences

The APS Industrial Insights Conference was an excellent opportunity to network and speak to many people about their different careers related to industrial pharmacy and I would love to attend another APS event. It can be quite difficult to organise work experience / placements in the pharmaceutical industry however the conference allowed me to speak to scientists who worked in a variety of industries and learn more about how their career paths lead them to where they are now”- Student Delegate

“The Industrial Insights conference gave us a great opportunity to connect with future talent in the pharmaceutical sciences. We were able to share career advice, options and guidance and hopefully to inspire more graduates and post graduates to follow a career in the pharmaceutical industry. I really enjoyed the event and found the energy and enthusiasm from the delegates inspirational.”- Astra Zeneca Presenter

The Programme in 2019, include talks on hot topics within the industry including Digital Design and Drug Development,
The Importance of Innovation, Continuous Manufacturing and Cell and Gene Therapy

Industrial Insights is organised by The Academy of Pharmaceutical Sciences New Scientist Focus Group (NSFG).

Tuesday 31st March

0830 Arrive and Registration
0900 Welcome-New Scientist Focus Group Committee
0915 Keynote speaker Astra Zeneca TBC
0945 Speaker Astra Zeneca TBC
1030 Coffee & CV review
1115 Career satisfaction- 101 Bill Dawson (Bionet)
1200 TBC-Sarah Ashworth, University of Manchester
1230 Lunch & CV review
1315 Site Tour Global Product Development Lab Facility, AZ
1445 TBC
1515 Coffee & CV review
1545 Day in the Life – Short presentations and Q&A in the areas of formulation, analytical, material and academia
1645 TBC
1830 CONFERENCE DINNER-Shrigley Hall Hotel & Spa, SK10 5SB.

Wednesday 1st April

0900 Keynote Speaker Astra Zeneca
0930 Title TBC Geoff Davison-BioNow
1000 Coffee & CV review
1045 Title TBC -Chris Wayman (Ernst and Young)
1130 Student of the APS session – Short presentations and Q&A from a PhD student, pre-reg pharmacist, masters student and someone on a graduate scheme
1215 Lunch & CV review
1300 Molecules to market-interactive Drug Development Game- Mei Wong (Pfizer)
1415 Project Leadership-Speaker TBC
1445 Coffee & CV review
1530 Pharmaceutical Question Time -Panel from APS and Conference Speakers
1615 Close of conference

There will be a number of opportunities to have your CV reviewed by experience scientists and managers within the Pharmaceutical Industry.

If you have registered and would like to take up this opportunity, please send a copy of your CV to info@apsgb.org

Mei Wong-Senior Principal Scientist at Pfizer. She is a Pharmacist by training and has been with Pfizer developing medicines for over 10 years. She has co-authored a chapter in the book ‘Oral Formulation Roadmap from Early Drug Discovery to Development’ (2017).

Bill DawsonBionet-a health care consultancy advising universities and SMEs on development and commercialisation of new medicines and devices.Visiting professor at the universities of Durham and Nottingham and is an external adviser to Stevenage Bioscience Catalyst, an open innovation campus.

Chris WaymanDirector, Life Sciences, Decision Analytics & Business Modelling

Conference Dinner on Tuesday 31st March 2020- A great opportunity to network with experience pharmaceutical scientists in the industry.

To be held at the Shrigley Hall Hotel

Event information

Delegate Rates

Early Bird rate runs until Tuesday March 17th 2020

APS Member (Early Bird)  £80.00

Non Member (Early Bird)  £110.00

APS Member  £110.00

Non Member  £140.00

Why not think about joining the APS if you are a Non member for £24

Please read APS Student Membership

Rates are ex VAT.

On request block booking rates can be discussed, please email info@apsgb.org

Attendees will need to book their own accommodation for the night of the 31st March 2020.

A few hotels are suggested below

We are having the dinner at Shrigley Hall this would be the recommended hotel at a rate 0f £78 per room per night. All attendees must ask for the AstraZeneca rate on making their reservation (apart from Premier/Travel Inn)

The other options are

Hollin Hall £60 per night room only (01625 573246)
The Bridge £95 per night B&B (01477 533393)
• Premier Inn Macclesfield North £64 per night room only (0333 3211284)
• Travel Lodge Macclesfield Central £50 per night room only (08719 846432)

APS would like to thank Astra Zeneca for hosting Industrial Insights in 2020


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